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Kite Caused Philippine Helicopter Crash: Air Chief  
User currently offlineTerryb99 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 291 posts, RR: 0
Posted (9 years 4 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 4071 times:


I would have thought a kite string would just get ripped to shredds.

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User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 4025 times:

Quoting Terryb99 (Thread starter):
I would have thought a kite string would just get ripped to shredds.

This sounds like a job for Mythbusters.....

I would understand (barely) if the kite string was steel fishing leader, or (more understandable) the type of nylon lines that Small to medium sized boats used (obviously would take a huge kite).

User currently offlineDEVILFISH From Philippines, joined Jan 2006, 5569 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 weeks ago) and read 4016 times:

Quoting Terryb99 (Thread starter):
I would have thought a kite string would just get ripped to shredds.

Not if it was a big kite with a nylon string as mentioned in the report. The reel of a 100-lb test line would likely be violently yanked first from the kid's hands, before the line snapped due to tension or was cut by the rotor blades. From there, the line would just be unwound until it fouled the rotor. It's kite flying season and kids are off from school so extra precautionary measures should have been in place. Is it known if the Huey was part of the batch of surplus helos that were recently received?

This is a very tragic loss of very young, promising lives. May God rest the victims' souls and my deepest symphaties to their families.  tombstone   pray 

"Everyone is entitled to my opinion." - Garfield
User currently offlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30410 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 weeks ago) and read 4013 times:

I think I remember a story about a Aero Commander that snagged some kits kitestring on landing, Dragged her a bit, and left a 1 inch deep grove in the wing of the aircraft.

User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14968 posts, RR: 61
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3956 times:

Back in the 1980s, a US Army UH-1H got snagged in a kite line in West Berlin and had to execute an emergency landing in a garden in the district of Spandau. Nobody got hurt and after mechanics removed the line from the rotors the helicopter could fly again.


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